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Liberation Theology

The Glory Days: IV

John O'Kane | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
John O'Kane

I slip out the door and join the flow of traffic up the street, noticing someone across it with his eyes fixed on the front of the bar. I reenter the shadows and make my way.

Kneeling at the Feet of the Poor: Pope Francis and Liberation Theology

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 06.05.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The Pope's crucial work of engaging with liberation theology is changing the landscape of the church. It is putting the work of the church in the line with Jesus' own ministry which was for the poor, the marginalized and the disenfranchised.

Why Pope Francis Wants Oscar Romero To Be a Saint

Paul Vallely | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Paul Vallely

Romero was a man who was at once utterly orthodox and yet utterly radical. That is the model Pope Francis seems to be setting for himself.

Jesus Wants an Ethical Minimum Wage and a Serious Campaign Against Poverty.

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 06.30.2015 | Books
Nancy Graham Holm

Although his narrative never slides into an ardent polemic, it is arguable that Reza Aslan's Jesus is a bold and tireless advocate for the poor. A clo...

Reflecting on Becoming the First Southern Baptist Minister to Marry a Same-Sex Couple

Ellin Jimmerson | Posted 05.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Ellin Jimmerson

People ask me, "What was your thought process in deciding to officiate at the wedding of a same-sex couple?" My amused answer: "I didn't have a thought process. I just said 'yes' to the invitation."

An Interview with a Revolutionary, Professor Peter McLaren

Creston Davis | Posted 05.08.2015 | Education
Creston Davis

"My advice to teachers is to democratize access in your institutions so that working families from urban and rural sectors can attend, and give the poor the same chance to prepare for higher education as the rich since the goal of education is to create an egalitarian society."

Made in the Image of God: Art, Feminist Theology and Caroline Mackenzie

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

My theological writings arise from my personal journey through faith and doubt, difficulties and joys. Many of our encounters with God inform our theology, make us who we are, and shape our living. I position my writings to reflect this part of my life that I try to live out as faithfully as I can.

How Pope Francis Is Carrying Out a Revolution

Rev. Ernesto Cardenal | Posted 03.30.2015 | World
Rev. Ernesto Cardenal

Pope Francis is carrying out a revolution in the Vatican. It will also be a revolution in the world, setting it right because it is upside down. The revolution of Jesus of Nazareth: "The last will be first, and the first will be last."

Call It What Is Is: White Hegemony

Trey Lyon | Posted 01.29.2015 | Religion
Trey Lyon

Perhaps you remain unconvinced that White Hegemony exists at all. If that's you, or someone you know, please consider the following.

Healing Central America Starts With Women

Ana I. Grande | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Ana I. Grande

Educational and economic opportunities that allow children and youth to dream of a better tomorrow are integral to achieving peace.

Beatification Of Oscar Romero 'Unblocked' By Pope Francis

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) - Pope Francis opened the way Monday to a quick beatification for Oscar Romero, saying there are no more doctrinal problem...

Mixed Reactions To Adult Swim's 'Black Jesus'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.08.2014 | Religion

"Black Jesus" made his debut on Adult Swim Thursday night with mixed reviews. Plenty of Christian groups around the country criticized the show fo...

How the US Is Bullying El Salvador Into Using Monsanto's GMO Seeds

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Our government is missing the chance to correct past mistakes and to partner with the Salvadoran people as they journey toward a just and peaceful society. The American people can do better.

Pope Francis: 2013 Politician of the Year

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion
Bob Burnett

In 2013 there was a resurgence of populism in the U.S., with the enormous popularity of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and the victory of Bill de Blasio in the New York mayor's race. And populists gained a powerful ally in Pope Francis.

'It's an Exciting Time to Be Alive'

Norman MacAfee | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Norman MacAfee

It has been a tough five years since [Obama won the presidential election], and there will be three more to his presidency. But I think he is the best president since Kennedy, or perhaps even since FDR. Here are a few of my reasons for saying this.

What if Mary Did Not Have a Choice?

Gabriella Lettini, Ph.D. | Posted 02.13.2014 | Religion
Gabriella Lettini, Ph.D.

Advent is about the choice to nurture a world reflective of divine justice and individual choice. To participate in a challenge to oppressive powers. Mary chose to participate, to nurture a force pushing against her experience of an occupying empire and furthering equality among peoples.

Do We Need to Rename God?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

I think we must rid ourselves of the old Name -- Adonai, Lord, King, dominating Dominus -- and address Divine Reality as the Interbreathing Of All Life. That is the Truth, and we are Called to say it.

Pope Francis: Man of the Year and a Sign of Some Hope

Matthew Fox | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Matthew Fox

Such a story is raising hope among activists and progressive Catholics, many of whom have left the church behind but still recognize its potential power as a source for good in many parts of the world.

Getting Serious With the Gospels: Chomsky on the Church

Abel Collins | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion
Abel Collins

I sat down to discuss a wide range of topics with the idol of my high school days, Noam Chomsky, in early October. This was before the release of Evangelii Gaudium, but after a lot of encouraging words about economic justice from Pope Francis.

The Pope, the Jew, and the CEO

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

The ethical teachings of Jesus long and clearly have been understood to support the poor and struggling in the world over those with means -- who remain hard of heart.

Is Pope Francis a Liberation Theologian?

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Since Pope Francis issued his "apostolic exhortation," Evangelii Gaudium, he is being roundly accused, by some American conservatives, of being a "liberation theologian" and a Marxist.

Pope of Paradox

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

What are we to make of Pope Francis so far? Is he a cautious reformer? A fence straddler? A middle of the road compromiser trying to please everyone all around?

New York Times Slanted Sandinista Coverage: From McCain to de Blasio

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Nikolas Kozloff

Like other mainstream media outlets, the Times holds political activism in low regard, particularly activism of leftist stripes, and the de Blasio article is peppered with patronizing language.

Faces of Moral Courage

Antonia Marrero | Posted 11.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Antonia Marrero

Moral courage is speaking truth to power within your own community -- for the sake of the greater good.

Pope Francis, the Charismatic Liberationist

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

While the Argentine pontiff weighs in on diverse issues in his groundbreaking interview, he clearly emerges as a pastor who is profoundly influenced by what have been two competing tendencies in the Latin American church.